With all on focus on our offspring during the Halloween season, it can be easy to overlook your look. Here are some ideas that allow you to celebrate without a lot of work, and with a nod toward your life as a kid wrangler.

1. Mommy / Daddy/etc. Shark:

Who are they? They are a shark family from a viral kid song that took South Korea and then the world by storm. There’s a baby, mommy, daddy, grandma, and grandpa. Inexplicably, they go hunt and then run away … from themselves? I don’t know. I do know that it buys me up to 90 seconds of toddler engagement, so I look past the vaguely sexist undertones and play it once or sixteen times a day. We just make sure to even it out with some Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

How to get it done. Shark head. Done. Don’t over think it. We got a hammerhead shark hat/mask type deal at Target. It cost maybe ten dollars and doesn’t cover your eyes or breathing holes. Comfy, simple, and zeitgeist-y. Boom.

2. Grandma Tala:

Who is she? Grandma Tala is the offbeat and always wise matriarch from Moana. She dances with the waves, scares little children with stories about monsters, and always keeps it real.

How do get it done. Lord love Grandma T for being low maintenance. Grab an orange tube top and a long tan skirt, toss your wavy hair in a mess half up bun, and have someone draw a tattoo sting ray on your back. Adding a Hawaiian lei and a cane would really bring it home.

3. Jack and Annie:

Who are they? You know them, you love them, they may haunt your dreams. I’m talking about the sugary-sweet brother-sister duo from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, of the famed Magic Treehouse series. Book after book, they get moved in time and space by a treehouse portal. These adventures are often objectively disturbing, involving poltergeists, war mongers, and wild animals. Meanwhile, the children are armed only with some kind of magical Lonely Planet guidebook and the ability to move the story forward through obvious exposition.

How to get it done. This is a flexible costume. Jack has short brown hair and round red glasses. Annie has light brown, maybe blonde hair often styled in braided pigtails. Other than that, they’ve been everywhere so you could dress like elementary school kids or literally anyone in history. But how you really sell it is by never going out of character. If someone says “Who are you guys?” you would respond, looking at your partner, “Jack, the locals seem so friendly. I think they can help us.” To which Jack would reply “I don’t know, Annie. Let me do some reading in our book first.” Or, if you find yourself at a party, and you are offered a drink, Jack may respond by speaking only to Annie “Don’t do it, Annie. Merlin said that we have to watch out for bad magic.” Impetuous Annie should then take the drink and tell Jack “Don’t be silly, Jack. We’ve got to blend in.” Over the course of the evening, people might stop talking to the two of you. But it’s because they’re in awe, so just keep it up. If all else fails, spin and spin. And then go quiet, absolutely quiet.

4. Lactayta, Pumping Queen:

Who is she? Well, this is not a well known character. At least not officially. Lactayta is my pumping alter ego. Nevertheless, anyone who has pumped breast milk for any length of time has reached this epic hero(ine) status. And since we have to do it behind closed doors, lest anyone have to face the reality of mammalian lactation, Halloween is the perfect time to, ahem, let it all hang out.

How to get it done. Wear whatever you want as a base layer. Keep it comfy. Or dress in business wear for some added impact. (Holler at my corporate pumping sisters!) Then, throw on a crown and a pumping bra. Add some phalanges up in that wacky bra with holes, and maybe even some bottles attached with fierce tubing swaying around. You could even write up some breast milk or pumping facts to share. Delivered in a super hero voice, of course. “Did you know that any employer covered by the Affordable Care Act must provide a private space, that cannot be a bathroom, for a mother to pump as much as she needs during the first year of her child’s life?” Truth. Pass it on.

5. Hagrid:

Who is he? Rubeus Hagrid is the loveable, gigantic, scruffy, monster-loving
groundskeeper at Hogwarts. Hagrid is loyal to Harry, Ron and Hermione. And he’s
sensitive guy, as well as a tireless animal caretaker.

How to get it done. This costume is extra easy if you find yourself with a glorious hipster beard. Short of that, you may want to add some wild facial hair or just pretend that Hagrid had a shave that day. Use that artistic license. Then, frizz your hair, put on a big old brown coat or vest, with more brown clothes underneath. Add a wide brown belt and some boots that are, yep, brown. Fill in your brows so they are big and bushy. And if you have a big black dog – stuffed or live – bring it along and call it “Fang” for an extra touch.

Do you need some more fun and easy in your life? Give Denver Date Nite a call. They will plan a day or night out that is uniquely you. Even if you are a little spooky.